The Woman Lit By Fireflies

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Across the odd contours of the American landscape-Jim Harrison's country--its natives search for that which isn't quite irretrievably lost, for the incandescent beneath the ordinary. An ex-Bible student with raucously asocial tendencies rescues the miraculously preserved body of an Indian chief from the frigid depths of Lake Superior, in a caper that nets a wildly unexpected bounty; a band of sixties radicals, now approaching middle-age, reunites to free an old comrade from a Mexican jail and rewrite their common history; a fifty-year-old suburban housewife flees quietly from her abusive businessman husband at a highway rest stop, climbs a fence, and explores the bittersweet pageant of the preceding years within the sanctuary of an Iowa cornfield. "Brown Dog"

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Jim Harrison (1937-2016) was the author of over thirty-five books of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction, including Legends of the Fall, The Road Home, The English Major, and The Farmer's Daughter. His writing appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Playboy, and the New York Times. He earned a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Spirit of the West Award from the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Association. His work has been recognized worldwide and published in twenty-two languages.

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The three novellas in this production depict vastly different landscapes of the human heart. BROWN DOG, narrated by Ray Porter, follows a scavenging diver and his entangled loves. Porter is eminently believable as the tough, hard-drinking B.D., whose strong timbre is filled with intensity as his discovers the preserved body of an Indian chief in the depths of Lake Superior. Harrison's poetic side paints a vivid thriller in SUNSET LIMITED, narrated by Carrington MacDuffie, a story that reunites four 1960s radicals who are called upon to rescue an ex-cohort from a Mexican jail. MacDuffie strikes just the right unaffected yet expressive tones while narrating this compelling tale. In the last piece, Clare, the valiant WOMAN LIT BY FIREFLIES, flees her bigoted husband, ultimately hiding in an Iowa cornfield during a night of soul-searching. Lorna Raver's delivery resonates with Clare's gentle strength as she reflects upon her past. A.W. AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine

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